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Universal Basic Income (UBI) in British Columbia – Should be the central element of its transfer system experts panel says

2. Report summary Through this report,we endeavour to present comprehensive, consistent, and evidence­ based advice to the B.C. government in response to the tasks set out in the terms of reference. We do this in six parts, which: • introduce our task and provide a summary of the report (Part 1) • present a justice-based … Continue reading

Future of Work in BC – Options for building a resilient labour force

With the rapid growth of automation and technological advancement, the skills and competencies required across British Columbia’s economic development regions are evolving. As the province shifts towards a more digital, knowledge-based economy, it is important to consider the development of BC’s labour force. While there are a number of initiatives targeting the next generation of … Continue reading

Post-Secondary Education Gap in British Columbia – Forgoing up to $7.9 billion in GDP and over $1.8 billion in lost tax revenues annually

British Columbia’s economy is forgoing up to $7.9 billion in GDP and over $1.8 billion in lost tax revenues annually, because too few people have the education and skills needed to help businesses innovate and grow. • Reliance on workers with post-secondary education (PSE) has grown in recent decades. In 1991–92, the share of jobs … Continue reading

Microsoft’s Training Centre in BC – Mostly foreigners

A majority of workers at a new Microsoft Canada training centre in Vancouver would be drawn from the ranks of foreigners, according to draft plans obtained under British Columbia’s freedom of information laws. Both the federal and provincial governments have praised the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre as a project that will boost the B.C. economy and create … Continue reading

Coming back to BC – Shuting door on doctors from foreign medical schools

Canadians who study medicine, even at the best medical schools in the world, face barriers and prejudice when they seek to return home to work in B.C. and rejoin their families.   The government has allowed universities, instead of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, to choose who is granted entry-level training jobs as resident … Continue reading

BC Skills Gap / Only 18 per cent of employers with trades have apprentices

Difficulty finding a job for that valuable work experience is a challenge for many beginning tradespeople Continue reading

BC’s Liquefied Natural Gas / Union leaders join Premier to train thousands workers

Some of British Columbia’s most powerful labour leaders are pledging to work with Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal government and the energy industry to help thousands of B.C. workers land jobs in what could be the province’s multi-billion-dollar liquefied natural gas industry. B.C. Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair and B.C. Building Trades Council executive director … Continue reading

BC / Immigration / Visa program suspended

Six months after the B.C. government called for more authority to boost its intake of skilled immigrants, officials have suspended a program that fast-tracked visas for business investors following a suspicious surge in applications. British Columbia’s provincial nominee program saw an “extraordinary” increase in the number of business applicants for a category that promised a … Continue reading

HD Mining / Jobs advertised in China at lower pay

A mining company that has hired hundreds of temporary workers from China for its northern B.C. coal mine advertised those jobs in Canada for $10 to $17 less than what is paid for similar work at a nearby mine, a lawyer representing two unions told a federal court judge on Friday. HD Mining also advertised … Continue reading

BC – Forest industry tackles Skills Gap

In Prince George, forest company Canfor has plans to convert its mothballed Rustad sawmill into a $10-million training centre for skilled workers. At High Prairie, Alberta, Tolko Industries has already done the same thing at its shuttered High Prairie mill, partnering with a local college and the Alberta government in a $5.3-million program to train … Continue reading

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